Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen were among the drivers who sent a message to Antonio Giovinazzi after confirmation of his exit from Alfa Romeo.
Giovinazzi’s future with the Switzerland-based squad had continued to look less certain in recent months, with that worst-case scenario then being finalized when Alfa Romeo announced Guanyu Zhou as Valtteri Bottas’ teammate for 2022, which signified the Italian’s third season. with the team will be his last.
Naturally, the news was a big disappointment for Giovinazzi, although he greatly appreciated the messages of support he received from his fellow Formula 1 drivers.
Speaking as a guest on RadioRai’s ‘Non è un paese per giovani’ program, Giovinazzi said: Hamilton and Verstappen wrote me a lovely message and these are things you appreciate because it means they follow you.
“I raced with Max in 2015 in Formula 3 and so I already knew him very well, so these are gestures that you really appreciate.
“But not only from them, too [Pierre] Gaseous, [Esteban] Ocon and [Sergio] Perez.
Giovinazzi’s relationship with Alfa Romeo appeared to have strained for several races before his exit was officially confirmed and once it was, he suggested that money had been the motivator considering of the huge market that Zhou can open in China.
However, while feeling that his luck has definitely fallen in Formula 1, Giovinazzi does not want to look back angrily.
“Bad luck is unfortunately a part of sport and I was hoping that sooner or later everything would go in my favor, but so far we haven’t had any luck on our side,” he explained.
“This season we could have done a lot more than we did and it’s a shame because it’s a world championship in which we are all working hard. We all put in a lot of effort and it’s a shame we didn’t get what we expected. But it is part of sport and of life – we should not be angry at the past but look to the future.
Giovinazzi’s seat was the last available on the 2022 grid, so that means there is no opportunity for the Italian to stay in the top 20 for next season.
But in addition to quickly ensuring a transition to Formula E, Giovinazzi will still be involved in the Formula 1 paddock as the third driver for Ferrari, so he hopes that can open up an opportunity for 2023.
“I’m going to have a new adventure in Formula E and I’m already working with the team on the simulator, then I intend to stay in the F1 paddock,” he said.
“I’m currently the third Ferrari driver and we’ll see what happens in 2023 because F1 is a small world where anything can happen.”